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Africa: Death in shaft 16 at Impala Rustenburg on 28 Nov

Johannesburg: Two mineworkers have been rescued and the bodies of three have been recovered at Impala Rustenburg 6 Shaft, which suffered an underground mud-rush incident. Search and rescue operations continued around the clock following the incident which took place on Sunday, November 28.

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Margret from Uganda sent us the following report:

Dear miners around the world, We miners from Uganda send greetings to miners' families around the world, we hope that all miners' families around the world are safe and healthy. We would like to inform you about the lockdown phase because of Corona in Uganda. The mining families from Uganda are calling on the mining families from the world to stand up and support the mining families from Uganda who are going through many challenges during this lockdown.

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Dear miners of Konkola Copper Mines(KCM) in Chingola

You have my fullest solidarity in your strike and we condemn the arrest of striking miners by the police. We wish you all the best, much strength and success in your struggle. I myself can understand your situation very well, as I worked as an electrician in the German underground coal mining industry for almost 35 years. However, I am also speaking as the elected main coordinator of the International Miners' Coordination, which has held two international miners' conferences in different countries since 2013.

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Report from Morocco

With the pandemic, people all over the world are only thinking about life and how to protect themselves from the Corona virus, the danger that threatens our daily lives. We are living not only an economic and social crisis, but also a psychological crisis, conditions that have favoured governments and capitalists to act against all the achievements of the working class and, in particular, against the right to work.

Report of the Africa Coordinator of the International Mineworkers' Coordination

It is a zinc, silver and lead mine located in the Middle Atlas region (Khenifra province), with 300 miners organised in the central union, the Moroccan Labour Union (UMT). The working class of the jbel ouam mine has very severe working conditions, either from the point of view of safety (frequent fatal accidents) or from the point of view of wages and benefits in kind, forcing the miners to make repeated protests.

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Morocco: 100 Miners Occupy the Jebel Aouam Mine Underground

100 Moroccan mine workers have spent the past week 700 metres underground, occupying the Jebel Aouam mine near M'rirt in Khénifra province. Another 200 workers are protesting above ground. The workers are striking and occupying the mine because the management of Compagnie Minière de Touissit (CMT) failed to implement an agreement signed with IndustriALL affiliate l'Union Marocaine du travail (UMT) in 2019.

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Morocco: Declaration of solidarity to the Ukrainian and South African miners of Fathi from Morocco

Dear comrades, I have received your report of strikes and demonstrations, the conditions you are living are the same as those that many miners have experienced, that is, the closure of mines managed in the same way throughout the world and that the crisis begins with the non-payment of the workers, to make the miners face poverty so that they cannot resist the demonstrations and weaken in front of the decision-makers, and like all mining towns, the whole population is attached to the wages of the workers who circulate and create indirect jobs,

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South Africa: Strike in gold mining

Since December 1, the workforce of the Village Main Reef gold mine in Matlosana, southwest of Johannesburg, has been on strike. The miners had noticed that allowances for funerals and severance payments for those laid off were not being paid. For weeks, the NUM union demanded information from management about the whereabouts of pension contributions to the pension fund, which continued to be deducted from the workers' salaries.

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Africa: Report of our Continental Coordinator

As far as the pandemic is concerned, the countries of the Third World, and especially the Arab countries, have applied the law of state of emergency, which gives governments the right to ban all demonstrations and demands and gives them the right to persecute and condemn activists, it is an opportunity to attack all the achievements of the working class.

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Declaration of solidarity to the Congolese miners

Hello miners, relatives and friends, Through the news and the internet we have heard about the terrible accident at your gold mine in Kamituga, South Kivu province. We are deeply shocked by this tragedy which has left over 50 people dead. Our thoughts are with you and your relatives. But we also feel anger and indignation that such an accident is happening today.

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